Universities and Neuroscience

The PDF in this post has Links to Universities and their Neuroscience programs and research.

These universities include:
Universities who are participating in the 2014 NIH grants,
Universities who are participating in the 2015 NSF grants,
Universities who were part of the September kickoff event at the White House, and
Other universities who have committed to supporting The BRAIN Initiative in various ways

BRAIN Initiative Overview

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain encodes, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and the complex links between brain function and behavior.

BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group

The purpose of the working group is to provide input on a variety of issues to the advisory councils of the 10 NIH Institutes participating in the BRAIN Initiative.

The working group, co-chaired by NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz and NIMH Director Tom Insel, is composed of 14 outstanding extramural neuroscience researchers and a neuro-ethics expert, in addition to three ex officio members representing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Partners & The BRAIN Initiative

In addition to the National Institute of Health's 10 Institutes and other programs spearheading the BRAIN Initiative, numerous other Federal agencies, companies, universities, private research centers, and universities are participating.

Over $300 million has been pledged to support the BRAIN Initiative. The five participating federal agencies are NIH, NSF, DARPA, FDA and IARPA. Major non-governmental commitments have come from numerous participants including the original private sector partners - Allen Institute, HHMI, and Kavli Foundation.

Kavli video on the BRAIN Initiative

The Kavli Foundation has made possible an inspiring five minute video on the BRAIN Initiative. This video was produced by The Science Network in collaboration with Science Visualization.

Kavli Foundation sponsored numerous symposiums and informal meetings in 2011 through 2013 that developed the initial concept for the BRAIN Inititative. Over 100 neuroscientists participated in these meetings which resulted in the Brain Activity Map Project proposal that "would prove important to the scientific thinking behind the BRAIN Initiative, as well as a major catalyst for its launching."

Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) is a high-level working group established by NIH Director Francis Collins to help shape the vision of the BRAIN Initiative.

The working group, co-chaired by Dr. Cornelia “Cori” Bargmann and Dr. William Newsome, incorporated broad input from the scientific community, patient advocates, and the public.

Their report, released in June 2014 and enthusiastically endorsed by the ACD, articulated the scientific goals of the BRAIN Initiative and developed a multi-year scientific plan for achieving these goals, including timetables, milestones, and cost estimates.

BRAIN Initiative Blog of Blogs

This 'BRAIN 2015 Blog' will aggregate the best blog posts from the BRAIN Initiative community. We repost open access blogs .... and we summarize other selected blog posts.

Bloggers include:

Tom Insell, NIMH Director
Walter Koroshetz, NINDS Director
Tom Kalil, OSTP Technology and Innovation Deputy Director
James Olds, NSF Assistant Director BIO Directorate
Hank Greely, At large member Multi-Council Working Group

NIH Institutes and BRAIN Initiative

The ten National Institute of Health (NIH) Institutes that are part the BRAIN Initiative are:

NEI -- National Eye Institute
NIA -- National Institute on Aging
NIAAA -- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIBIB -- National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
NICHD -- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NIDCD -- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIDA -- National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIMH -- National Institute of Mental Health
NINDS -- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NCCIH -- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

2014 BRAIN Initiative Awards

NIH announced its initial $46 million investment for the BRAIN Initiative reseach on September 30, 2014.

These projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action. More than 100 investigators in 15 states and several countries will work to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action.

Funding opportunites for fiscal year 2016 were announced on Janurary 13, 2015.

White House Conference on BRAIN Initiative

On September 30, 2014, the White House announced new investments in the Obama Administration’s BRAIN initiative – a bold, new initiative focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science & Technology, gave the keynote introduction of the BRAIN Initiative. Meredith Drosback, who works in the OSTP science division, coordinated the conference panelists. Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory moderated two panels (starting at minute 16).

‘BRAIN Initiative’ – Wikipedia entry

The White House BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), is a collaborative, public-private research initiative.

The BRAIN Initiative was announced by the Obama administration on April 2, 2013, with the goal of supporting the development and application of innovative technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function[2][3][4][5][6].

This activity is a Grand Challenge focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain, and was developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as part of a broader White House Neuroscience Initiative[7].

Decade of the Mind

The Decade of the Mind Project was an international initiative to advance our scientific understanding of how the mind and complex behaviors are related to the activity of human brains.

The Decade of the Mind was one of the forerunner projects to the BRAIN Initiative. In May 2007, a group of leading scientists met at George Mason University's Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study to map out a roadmap for the Initiative. The starting point was the earlier Decade of the Brain project. This post contains the Wikipedia entry for Decade of the Mind.

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